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Anand.Yaligar
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Re: jury fair
Anand.Yaligar   5/7/2014 7:46:39 AM
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I did not expect this case to end this way, expected jury to be hard on the side of Samsung.  But after reading this article   I think the jury was fair. But generally those who have achieved and gained a lot in this case are the lawyers from both sides; this is why I am suggesting that these patent cases should be handled by engineer lawyers since they will understand them in the engineering perspective. 

GSMD
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Re: jury fair
GSMD   5/5/2014 1:51:47 PM
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If I were to fantasize, we should have a technology arbitration tribunal for cases like these with binding arbitration. Composed solely of engineers with impeccable repuation. Guys like Bob Pease (miss that guy's writing, RIP ), Ken Thompson and so on. At least both sides would get a fair hearing and obvious patents would get knocked out with a withering comment of " You actually think that is original ?" ! Fundamentally this is one engineer being accused of ripping of another engineer's work, so why let non-techies into the action !

I wonder if I can get a patent for this idea ?

cookiejar
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jury fair
cookiejar   5/5/2014 1:38:01 PM
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Considering that the jury was from the heart of America's Silicon Valley, I must say I was surprised the jury didn't consider it their patriotic duty to severely punish Korean Samsung.  The chances are most of them owned Android phones.
I guess the Samsung lawyers learned from the previous trial not to select hard core Silicon Valley employees, one of whom who turned out to be jury foreman at the last trial.

It never ceases to amaze me how blind justice actually is.  We technical people can readily see the blind lawyers leading the blind judges in interpreting what these blind people actually believe is "expert testimony", usually coming from an ivory tower acedemic who has published the most papers.  Non-PhDs need not apply.


zeeglen
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Re: A perfectly productive engineer decided to get rich instead
zeeglen   5/5/2014 12:49:22 PM
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@fmotta one of my friends decided to stop being an excellent engineer for a living

About 30 years ago I worked with a young guy new-hire who admitted the only reason he got an engineering degree was so that he could then take law and get rich suing large corporations over engineering patents.


After 6 months of producing absolutely nothing he got canned - no loss.  But he probably made a 'fine' lawyer.


Dan Glass
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Re: Slide to unlock
Dan Glass   5/5/2014 12:19:05 PM
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I'm not at all surprised that the slide-to-unlock feature has been used before.  What astounds me is that it is patentable - it seems farily obvious.  The real innovation I see in "slide-to-unlock" is it's use as an economic weapon.

fmotta
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A perfectly productive engineer decided to get rich instead
fmotta   5/5/2014 11:30:34 AM
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With all these suits going on for mega billion dollars one of my friends decided to stop being an excellent engineer for a living and reap the rewards of others greed and stupidity and now works in a well placed firm making money from the greed of the patent suit train.  He called this the "dotCom" of this century. There are times I feel I should have gone that way and just argue others' opinion for a living rather than be productive.

AZskibum
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The real winners
AZskibum   5/5/2014 10:40:12 AM
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The real winners were the lawyers, on both sides. There might be a lesson there.

GSMD
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Re: Now Microsoft can sue Apple
GSMD   5/5/2014 1:06:29 AM
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I too would expect that Judges become more liberal/centrist as they age. Happens in India too (pro govt. judges become independent once appointed much to the cahgrin of the govt.)  but lately this does not seem to be happening in the US supreme court.  the centrist caucus is thinning. That is what puzzles me and I have been following the US supreme court for a  couple of decades now.

But the bigger concern (as far as this thread is concerned)  is with respect to patent law and technology law in general. Here the court seems to be a little at sea. At the risk of sounding ageist can a 70 year old really appreciate in his or her gut  how facebook or twitter changes the nature of social discourse and the norms of privacy ? I am pushing 50 and I myself am able to discern a tech disconnect with teenagers in the use of technology. If a hard core techie like me feels the disconnect and cannot fully relate to the younger generation, how on earth can a 70 + non-techie be reasonably expected to have a Solomon like wisdom in these matters ?

GSMD
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Re: Now Microsoft can sue Apple
GSMD   5/5/2014 12:38:26 AM
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I am the project lead so I can give you all the details you want !

1. The Android layer per se is not touched. The goal is to create an extra secure OS layer under Android to allow creation of high security phone/tablets. We will add secure Android apps. Want to stick to the stock android user experience.

2. We have created a tablet reference platform using the Freescale i.MX6 and this will soon be open sourced.

3. The platform was chosen since it supports tamper detect, high assurance boot and ARM trustzone support the most transparently (docs, support etc). But our changes can be applied to any Trustzone enabled platform with HAB, including the new AMD parts.

4. Currently we have tamper detect and high assurance boot running. We have a genode secure micro-kernel being ported right now and when that is complete, Android will run as a virtualized OS on top of Genode. Genode will also leverage the TrustZone API to provide high assurance services. Both Genode and Android can use the screen and secure applications can run either on Genode or use Android APIs to genode services. Direct use of gemode is preferable for screens like authenticated pinpads. This would be useful for any commerce/banking applications since it ensures no MIM type attacks or phishing attacks are possible.

5. I am also trying to port the Android VM (the new version, not Dalvik) directly on to Genode so that the underlying Linux layer can be eliminated. This will make native app development difficult but allows the system to reach  max security levels.

Pretty much any vendor can take our source and build an extremely high security phone/tablet. All of it is in open source. I want to make sure that an ultra secure phone like the one Boeing sells, should only be USD 20-30 extra compared to a normal phone. Plan to see if the Cyanogen folks can adopt our stuff.

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Re: Now Microsoft can sue Apple
rick merritt   5/4/2014 8:58:09 PM
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@GSMD: How can I get more information about India's Android variant?

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